Sol Republic Jax in-ear headphones

The Good The Sol Republic Jax in-ear headphones deliver good sound for a relatively modest price. They also fit comfortably and have a tangle-resistant flat cord, and there's an Apple-friendly inline remote with microphone for making cell phone calls.

The Bad The Jax's simple, plastic design looks cheap.

The Bottom Line The $40 Sol Republic Jax in-ear headphones have the look of a bargain pair but sound as good as some headphones that cost twice as much.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 6.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Sound 7.0
  • Value 8.0
7.2 Overall

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Review

They look cheap but sound good

It used to be that to get a really decent-sounding set of earphones, you had to spend $75 or more. But these days, more and more in-ear headphones in the $20-to-$40 range -- and sometimes even lower -- sound surprisingly good.

Sol Republic's $39.99 Jax in-ear headphones fall into this category, offering strong bass along with good clarity in a lightweight pair of earphones that are comfortable to wear and come equipped with an inline remote and microphone.

The only downside to the Jax earphones is that they look -- and feel -- like they should cost $20. Not that they're unattractive, but the very simple plastic design has got a bit of a Fisher-Price kid's toy vibe to it.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $40
  • Brand SOL Republic
  • Type headset
  • Color blue, stellar
  • Headphones Ear-Parts Type In-ear
  • Connector Type mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm 4-pole
  • Sound Output Mode stereo
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model Blue/Stellar

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